News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 January 29, 2008
CONTACT: Katie McKenna
kmckenna@topsmarkets.com

   
FOUR MARTIN'S SUPER FOOD STORES TO CONVERT TO TOPS MARKETS NAME
Williamsville, NY - Tops Markets today announced that four existing Martin's Super Food Stores in Batavia, Derby, Dunkirk, and Perinton, N.Y. will convert to the Tops Markets name in late February and early March. Officials say shoppers at these stores should anticipate the same great variety and selection of products while also enjoying the same high level of customer service they are accustomed to receiving.

Tops Markets will maintain staff levels at each store and all current Martin's management personnel and associates will remain in place. These are the only four Martin's stores owned by Tops Markets.

"As a regionally focused grocer with a long history and a well established brand, it has been a part of our plan since the purchase of Tops Markets was completed to operate all of our stores under one name," said Frank Curci, Tops Markets chief executive officer. "This change will allow us to place even more focus on the customer experience."

Curci stated that Tops Markets senior leadership has been working with store managers and staff to ensure the change from Martins to Tops is as smooth as possible. Martin's Super Food Stores were introduced into the Western New York marketplace in 2004 by Ahold USA, the former owners of Tops Markets. Morgan Stanley Private Equity assumed ownership of Tops Markets on Dec. 3, 2007.

"We want our customers to know that under the Tops name they will continue to receive the same great customer service, variety, and quality that they expect," said John Persons, Tops senior VP of operations. It will take approximately one week for Tops staff and contractors to convert each store. The conversion will include outdoor signage, interior signage changes, and other information-technology related changes such as register receipts and computer programs, Persons said.

For their convenience, customers will still be able to use their Martin's BONUSCARD at these or any Tops Markets locations. Shoppers can also sign up for a Tops BONUSCARD by visiting any Tops' customer service desk. Additional information about individual store conversions will be announced as each changeover nears.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 71 full-service supermarkets and five franchise supermarkets. With over 10,000 associates, Tops is the leading full-service grocery retailer in Western New York, Central New York, including Rochester, and Northwestern Pennsylvania. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's Web site at www.topsmarkets.com.

 

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